Hours after the brutal attack on one of their colleagues, a resident doctor in Dhule, Maharashtra, MARD, the Maharashtra Resident Doctors Association has demanded providing gun licenses to the Doctors. The body of around 4000 trainee doctors claims, cases of attacks on doctors are rising and doctors have a right to protect their life.
Speaking to MyMedicalMantra Dr Swapnil Meshram General Secretary MARD said, “We don’t like to have guns with us, our job is to protect patients life. But, with the rising attacks we fear for our life. Now, it’s a high time that government provides us with gun license.”
This is not the first time, MARD; Maharashtra Resident Doctors Association has made this demand to the state government. Last year, after a resident doctor who was attacked in Nanded, resident doctors had written a letter to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis demanding gun licenses.
Eminent Diabetes foot care surgeon and health activist Dr. Arun Bal said, “With each case ofattack on the doctor, now the time has come that doctors should carry a gun with them for self-protection. Doctors should not wait for the help to arrive; they should use means and ways to protect their life. The right even Supreme Court cannot deny.”
Eminent doctors say, it’s the states responsibility to provide Infrastructure in the hospital. People cannot fight with the authorities, and the doctor who is first respondent faces patients wrath.
Dr Ketan Vagholkar, general surgeon at DY Patil Hospital said, “The only protection for helpless doctors is to store hockey sticks in RMO quarters. As and when such an attack takes place the entire RMO group should retaliate back which can only prevent such incidents from occurring.”
From Jan 2015 till August 2016, 44 doctors were attacked by angry patient’s relatives. Doctors say we cannot depend on police and state machinery and that’s why we need protection for our self.